Henry Smith was born in 1838 in Germany.
Henry, whose real name was probably Heinrich Schmidt, immigrated to America and settled in Michigan sometime before early 1863.
He stood 6’0” with dark eyes, fair hair and a light complexion and was a 23-year-old farmer possibly living in Warren, Macomb County when he became a substitute for Jacob Speer who had been drafted on February 17 or 19, 1863, for 9 months from Warren. Henry enlisted in Company D on March 4, 1863, at Warren for 3 years and joined the Regiment on March 10 at Camp Pitcher, Virginia. He allegedly deserted from the hospital near Potomac Creek on May 28, 1863 at Camp Sickles.
There is no further record.